Dr Gawie Roux
Dr Gawie Roux, known to his patients as “Dr Harvey”, has 30 years’ experience in general and gynaecological surgery. Over the last 10 years, Dr Roux has focused more heavily on his area of special interest – skin cancer. While living in Cardwell in North Queensland, he opened his first dedicated skin cancer clinic. After moving to Toowoomba in 2015, Dr Roux opened a new skin clinic and has now branched out further by joining the team at Medicrew Twin Waters. In his spare time, Dr Roux is doing his Masters Degree in Skin Cancer at the University of Queensland, an extremely valuable qualification. Dr Roux and Hannelie are also keen cattle farmers and hold the index herd for Nguni Cattle in Australia. They also developed an innovative feeding device over the last 5 years for patients with difficulties swallowing and were awarded a rare Queensland Government grant for the achievement.
Dr Sona K Rao
Dr Sona K Rao, MBBS, DCH, FRACP, is a General Paediatrician and Child Specialist. Dr Sona has a special interest in Neurodevelopmental, Sleep and Respiratory problems. Dr Sona also offers appointments for behavioural issues (ADHD, ASD), bed wetting, growth problems, feeding problems, asthma, eczema, fussy babies, developmental issues, emotional problems, obesity, infections, constipation/soiling (encopresis), school/family problems and chronic abdominal pain. When she’s not busy helping children, Dr Sona enjoys visiting her two sons and travelling the world with her husband.
Dr Bill Smith
After completing an Honours degree in Biology at James Cook University, Dr Smith returned to Brisbane to study medicine at the University of Queensland. He was awarded a John Flynn Scholarship and was the beneficiary of a RAMUS scholarship. He completed his clinical years and residency at the Townsville and Cairns Base Hospitals and then studied for the Fellowship of General Practice in South East Queensland. Dr Smith has a special interest in men’s health, managing chronic disease and remote area medicine. When not at work he enjoys sailing and bushwalking.
Dr Chris Iredia
Dr Chris (FRACGP, MPH, DCH, MBBS) came to Australia in 2009 where he did some further training in emergency medicine in Rockhampton Hospital from 2009 to 2011. He then moved to Kalgoorlie in 2011 where he did rural GP training. This included a lot of Emergency Department work, inpatient hospital admissions and working in a busy GP clinic while obtaining his Australian FRACGP qualifications in 2013. Dr Chris has the following areas of expertise and interest: skin cancers and dermoscopy, diabetes, preventive cardiovascular, renal and other chronic disease management, aged care medicine and men’s health.
Dr Chris is constantly upskilling and has a Professional Certificate in Skin Cancer Surgery.
Dr Rachelle Smyth
Dr Rachelle Smyth (MBChB RCGP RACGP) completed her medical training in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1998 with a Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery (MBChB.) She has worked in various hospital positions including emergency medicine, paediatrics, psychiatry, ear nose and throat, and diabetes. She did her GP training in rural Scotland and Oxfordshire, England, and became a Fellow of General Practice in 2005 (RCGP / RACGP).
Rachelle enjoys travelling and has worked in hospitals and GP surgeries in Scotland, England, Ireland, and New Zealand. Rachelle, her husband and their 2 young boys decided to move to Australia in 2009 and Rachelle worked in a Cairns GP clinic for 2 years before moving to the Sunshine Coast 4 years ago. Rachelle feels she has found the place where she wants to settle and is excited to work with Medicrew. She is interested in all areas of General Practice including kids' health, women's health, antenatal care, chronic disease care, mental health care and musculoskeletal health. Rachelle also enjoys running, cycling, surfing and hanging out with her boys when she has a spare moment.
Dr Jason Miller
Dr Miller was born in WA and raised in Warnbro and Karratha. He recently moved to the Sunshine Coast with his wife and two young children for a sea change and to enjoy our warm weather. Before qualifying as a doctor, Dr Miller was a primary school teacher in WA and England as well as a physiotherapist in both private practice and with the navy's special forces team. In keeping with his spirit of adventure, Dr Miller also enjoyed a stint in the Army Reserve as a Combat Engineer and a role as a Naval Officer and doctor with the Royal Australian Navy. In his spare time, Dr Miller enjoys being a martial arts instructor in Hapkido.
Dr Sanjay Gangadharan
Dr Sanjay Gangadharan is a Specialist Geriatrician and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He completed his undergraduate (MBBS) and postgraduate (MD-Internal Medicine) in India. He later moved to Australia to complete his Physician Training. Dr Gangadharan completed most of his Physician Training at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle. He relocated to the Sunshine Coast to complete his Specialist Training and later joined the local Area Health Service as a Specialist. In addition to General Geriatric Medicine, Dr Gangadharan’s special interest is Parkinson’s Disease in the older person - assessment and management of motor and non-motor complications, and specific targeted rehabilitation. Dr Gangadharan trained at the Maurice-Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute, Kings College Hospital, London. He remains associated with Kings College Hospital through his clinical research in Parkinson’s Disease as a Senior Research Fellow. Dr Gangadharan’s other interests include cognitive dysfunction, behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), geriatric syndromes with complex medical issues, pre-operative assessments and post-operative care of the elderly. Dr Gangadharan has a strong clinical research background with 16 research publications and international presentations in the field of Parkinson’s Disease. He is affiliated to the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Melbourne as a Principal Research Fellow. He is involved in undergraduate and post-graduate medical education through School of Clinical Medicine, University of Queensland. In his time away from work, Dr Gangadharan enjoys spending time with his family, fishing and playing cricket with his boys.
Dr Zoe Hutchins
Dr Zoe Hutchins (MBBS, BSc, Cert EM (ACEM)) grew up on the Sunshine Coast and completed her medical training at both the University of Queensland and Deakin University, graduating in 2013. She has worked primarily in emergency departments both locally and further regionally for the past 4 years. During this time she undertook further study to complete the Certificate of Emergency Medicine in 2015 providing her with the skills to excel in minor accidents, trauma and procedures. Dr Zoe has experience and interest in paediatrics, immunisations, travel medicine, skin cancer prevention and anaesthetics. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, wakeboarding, and spending time with her partner and their golden retriever Arnie.
Nurse Practitioner (Director)
James (Bachelor of Applied Science in Nursing, Graduate Certificate of Emergency Nursing, Masters of Advanced Practice Emergency, Master of Nursing Science (Nurse Practitioner), Certificate in Primary Care Skin Medicine) has over 20 years’ experience working in the medical industry both in acute and chronic disease care settings. James ran a peritoneal dialysis program for south western Queensland, then delved into the world of emergency care in the public hospital system. James has worked in hospital emergency departments for the past 16 years, including as a Nurse Practitioner for the last 8 of those years. James was the first NP in Queensland to be endorsed and accepted under the accreditation process by Queensland Health to work in General Practice. James enjoyed looking after patients at Wamuran Medical Centre for 12 months.
James has interests in emergent acute care, acute orthopaedic and MSK management of sporting injuries. James has trained with Dr David Ballantyne in cosmetic injectables and continues this in his practice today. James has also worked in Papua New Guinea providing medical care to remote research crews on exploration for oil and gas.
Nurse Practitioner (Director)
Steve (Certificate in Primary Skin Cancer Medicine from the University of Queensland, Grad.Dip. Occupational Health & Safety, Diploma in Work Health and Safety, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Master of Nursing Science (Nurse Practitioner), Grad. Dip. in Critical Care, Bachelor of Nursing and a Diploma of Applied Science) has interests in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, Occupational Health including Workcover and Pre-employment Medicals, Orthopaedics, Cardiology, Immunisations and Paediatrics..
Steve has over 20 years of Emergency experience throughout Sydney and the Sunshine Coast. In Sydney he has worked at Prince of Wales, Prince Henry, Royal Prince Alfred, Royal North Shore and St. Vincents’ Hospitals in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Units and Cardio-Thoracic ICU. He spent over 10 years providing medical care in the highlands of Papua New Guinea for Oil Search. Since 2015, Steve has been working in General Practice with Medicrew at the Twin Waters clinic. He continues to work in the Emergency Department in Nambour and Caloundra Hospitals as a locum. In his spare time Steve enjoys travelling, NRL (Sydney Roosters supporter from way back) and spending time with his wife and 3 lovely kids.
David has a keen interest in Primary Healthcare, Chronic Disease Management, Immunisation and Preventative medicine. David completed his Masters of Nurse Practitioner Studies in 2013 at the University of Queensland in the area of General Practice/Primary Healthcare. David has over 10 years’ nursing experience working in both tertiary and primary care, with extensive experience in the sub-specialty of Ophthalmology. David also has experience running nurse-led Chronic Disease Management clinics and implementing programs to improve patient care in General Practice. He is passionate about improving the primary healthcare system and the lives of patients living with chronic conditions.
John (Masters of Applied Science – Nurse Practitioner, Graduate Certificate of Emergency Care, Certificate IV Training and Education)
has over 20 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse. He has been a practising Nurse Practitioner for over 5 years focusing on Emergency and Primary Health Care. John was one of the first Nurse Practitioners to work on the Sunshine Coast after having completed his training at both Nambour and Caloundra Hospitals. When not working, John enjoys outdoor activities and spending quality time with the family.
Shannan completed her Bachelor of Nursing at Griffith University in 2000, and has since pursued studies in Midwifery, Sexual and Reproductive Health followed by a Masters Degree (Nurse Practitioner.) She has worked in a range of clinical settings in Queensland, including large metropolitan hospitals and remote Primary Health Care Clinics. Shannan enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children and swimming at the beach.
With a Master of Nursing Science (Nurse Practitioner), BA Health Science (Nursing), Grad. Dip Nursing, Diploma in Health Management, Certificates in Rural & Remote, Coronary Care, Palliative Care, Sports Medicine and endorsement as a Midwife, Denise is a highly qualified professional with a wealth of experience.
Denise has worked in and been manager of Accident and Emergency, Coronary Care and Intensive Care departments aross different areas of Queensland and was also successful in her role as Director of Juvenile Justice Prison at Westbrook. After moving to the Sunshine Coast in 2005, Denise established a much needed Palliative Community Service and currently operates a Community Service for Chronic Disease. With Medicrew, Denise would like to continue this valuable service to help people with diseases that require continued management.
When Denise gets a spare moment, she enjoys her grandchildren and gardening and is also a strong supporter of Australian Open Tennis and Rugby League (Cowboys).
Marg is an experienced Registered Nurse (30 years) and Nurse Practitioner (10 years). Her extensive clinical and professional expertise extends across acute care, specialist palliative care, hospice, residential aged care and primary care settings. Marg is focused on providing holistic care and ensuring quality health outcomes for patients. Her specialty interests include Chronic Disease Management, Aged Care and Palliative Care.
Anthony has enjoyed a career as a health professional for 25 years and has a Masters of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Diploma in Health Science and Graduate Certificate in Midwifery. He has been a practising Nurse Practitioner for over 8 years focusing on Emergency and Primary Health Care. Anthony has considerable experience dealing with acute orthopaedic injuries and has a keen interest in nutrition and exercise. He is married with two children and enjoys trekking and aquatic activities.
Dinusha (Didi) is a psychologist and personal trainer who has a passion for providing an integrative and holistic approach to psychological services focussing on clients’ strengths, building resilience, fostering positive change, and assisting clients to achieve their personal wellness and health goals.
Warm & genuine, Did has experience in providing a range of psychological therapies, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based interventions. Didi has delivered evidence-based psychological treatment to individuals across the lifespan and from varying cultural backgrounds, and she has previously worked at a university providing counselling services to university students.
Didi has a special interest in working with adults, adolescents, children and couples, as well as assisting people with a range of difficulties including but not limited to; depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, eating and body image related concerns, OCD, assisting with healthy lifestyle and behaviour changes to enhance wellbeing, managing stress and adjusting to life stressors, trauma, alcohol and drug dependence, and grief and loss. Didi has authored two research papers on the influence of the media on men and women’s body image and she has also been a guest speaker on a body image expert panel.
Didi is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and Medicare to provide psychological services. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).
Sarah, an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) and a Graduate Diploma (Exercise Rehabilitation) after graduating from the University of Ballarat in 2005. Sarah began her career by working in chronic respiratory and cardiovascular community programs for the Royal Melbourne Hospital where she developed a deep understanding for improving chronic conditions through exercise therapy.
Over the last 6 years Sarah has been working as a private practitioner across the Sunshine Coast in a variety of settings ranging from nursing homes to primary schools. Sarah uses targeted exercises to treat/manage a wide variety of conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Parkinsons, Diabetes, Weight Loss, Mental Health, Cardiovascular Disease and Chronic Pain Management.
Sarah is driven to help people achieve their health and wellbeing goals and incorporate lifestyle changes to better self-manage their conditions.
David is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) registered with the Dietitian's Association of Australia (DAA). He has an extensive university background, completing two separate Bachelor Degrees in the fields of Nutrition and Dietetics.
David’s passion for nutrition began over 10 years ago when he was working as a qualified personal trainer. He developed a strong interest in sports nutrition and has managed the nutrition intake of many athletes and sporting teams to enhance performance or physique by manipulating dietary intake. David’s interest in nutrition has since evolved to using dietary management for clients with a wide array of health conditions. He now enjoys expanding his knowledge in every aspect of medically related nutrition to assist clients in managing their health conditions more effectively. The area of nutrition is constantly evolving, which makes staying abreast of current research essential. David promotes a relaxed,and non-judgemental attitude towards healthy eating, and has a keen interest in Gastroenterology (IBD, IBS, GORD, bowel surgery, dysbiosis etc), Endocrinology (Diabetes, PCOS, pancreatic and thyroid dysfunction etc), CVD (cholesterol, blood pressure, heart failure etc) and Weight Management.
Hannelie graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing (General and Psychiatric) from the University of Stellenbosch in 1980 and qualified as a midwife in June 1981. Hannelie has worked alongside Dr Gawie Roux as a husband and wife team for over twenty years. Over the last 8 years, Hannelie has been assisting Dr Roux as a Registered Nurse in his skin clinics in Cardwell, Toowoomba and Twin Waters. They make an excellent and professional team. When she’s not busy nursing, Hannelie enjoys visiting her children and grandchildren in South East Queensland.
Endorsed Enrolled Nurse
Originally from South Australia, Margie graduated in 2005 with a Diploma of Nursing. Margie has worked in both hospital and GP settings and is currently studying an Advanced Diploma of Nursing. With a keen interest in preventative care, wound management and health assessments, Margie is an all-rounder whose focus is on excellence in patient care. Her other interests lie in the area of women's health as well as childhood and adult immunisations. Margie is married with two adult children and when she's not nursing she enjoys being at home in the kitchen cooking up a storm.
Endorsed Enrolled Nurse
With a Diploma in Nursing, Rita is the Practice Nurse at Medicrew Twin Waters. After twenty years’ experience in aged care, Rita was keen for a change so she made the move into General Practice. Rita made the right decision and is really enjoying getting to know our wonderful patients!
Rita grew up on a cattle and horse farm but has since moved away from farming life in favour of our wonderful Sunshine Coast lifestyle. Rita loves nothing better than coffee with friends, dancing, reading and a good red wine with good company. She loves her five children and 15 grandchildren even more!
Lodine was born in South Africa and raised on a small farm. She completed her nursing training in Bloemfontein then travelled to UK where she met and married her husband, a fellow South African. Lodine gained experience as a theatre scrub nurse before moving into practice nursing. Lodine moved to Australia 5 years ago and enjoyed 3 years in rural health settings before moving into practice nursing specialising in general health with a focus on women’s and children’s health. Three children under the age of 9 also help to keep Lodine busy.
Sharon joined Medicrew in 2017 as a Registered Nurse bringing with her experience in all areas of General Practice. Sharon graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2016 as a mature aged student. Prior to this, Sharon honed her nursing skills working in aged care. Sharon specialises in chronic disease, child health and she also enjoys assisting in minor surgery. A country girl from Gympie, Sharon is a devoted mother to two adult children and is a volunteer lifesaver for Mooloolaba Surf Club.
Andrea comes to Medicrew with over 20 years’ experience in Admin/Practice Management. She has worked in Toowoomba, Brisbane, Wamuran and Caboolture. Andrea enjoys her new role with Medicrew overseeing the management of both clinics. Andrea is a great problem solver and enjoys a challenge. When she’s not working at the clinic, Andrea enjoys spending time with her two children.
Kat joins Medicrew with twenty years' experience in Medical Reception and Practice Management. Kat is excited about being back in general practice and is enjoying the patient contact after four years working in allied health. Kat finds her role rewarding and loves the challenge of ensuring excellence in patient care. When Kat is not at work she enjoys travelling and spending time with family and her cat.
Jess is currently in her third year of a Bachelor of Nursing while working with the Medicrew team. Jess hopes to be a midwife or work in the emergency field after graduating. When she is not studying, Jess likes to climb Mt Coolum and walk her dog along the beach. Jess is an asset to Medicrew in every way.
Having recently graduated from high school, Rachel is new to the medical industry and is currently studying to become a Medical Assistant. Upon completion, Rachel hopes to assist patients in the treatment room with wound care, dressings and other minor procedures within her scope. Outside of work, Rachel likes to spend her time climbing mountains, riding dirt bikes, shopping, going out on the town and generally having a great time with her friends and family.
A mother of three beautiful children, Allyson joined Buderim Medicrew in early 2017. A veteran of the hospitality industry, Ally brings to the team a bright and bubbly personality and years of experience interacting with people from all walks of life. Over the last few years she worked with Allied Health, inciting a passion for patient care and ensuring the highest quality healthcare for those in need. Townsville born and bred, Ally raised her family in New South Wales but has since returned to the Sunshine Coast and found a relaxed, welcoming and wonderful lifestyle she wouldn't give up for the world.
Before joining Medicrew, Jenny worked for Queensland Health for 15 years followed by 10 years in administration at Caboolture Hospital. Jenny also enjoyed her position as a union official for 6 years along with her time as manager of Beachmere Sands Lifestyle Resort. Jenny followed this with a year or so of nursing in aged care and with children with disabilities. Jenny is keen to put this wide array of skills into practice as receptionist at Medicrew Beachmere and we are fortunate to have her on board.
Before joining Medicrew, Tracy managed several high end retail fashion stores and worked in administration with a local business. Tracy is enjoying her role in medical reception and looks forward to ensuring all our patients are well cared for. In her spare time, Tracy loves to hone her interior design skills and spend time with her hubby and two grown up children.
Hailing from the small country town of Biloela in central Queensland, Kaila moved to the Sunny Coast two years ago and hasn't looked back since. Kaila's passion for working in the health industry lead her to complete a Certificate III in Health Administration. Kaila was placed with Medicrew Buderim for her vocational placement during this course and it didn't take long for management to recognise her skills and snap her up as an employee. Kaila has a miniature Dachshund and enjoys working out at Cross Fit Contessa.
Harrison is currently a senior at high school and works with Medicrew on weekends and some weekday evenings. Harrison is interested in music and festivals and would one day like to pursue a career in this field. However, he is enjoying learning about the medical world and loves welcoming patients to our Buderim clinic.
Prior to joining Medicrew, Eileen managed the canteen at Sunshine Beach State School and succeeded in making the business more profitable than ever before. This is attributable to her warmth and friendliness, her skills and sheer hard work. Outside of work, Eileen spend lots of time enjoying the beach and the outdoors with her gorgeous family. She’s a volunteer surf lifesaver as well as a passionate foodie and cook.
Before joining Medicrew, Lee has worked as a receptionist for GPs, specialists, aged care facilities and allied health clinics her entire working life. As well, Lee has been a Medical Reception and Software trainer at the Mater Hospital and Queensland University in Brisbane. Lee's focus is to create a friendly professional environment while providing a high level of customer service. She looks forward to assisting the Toorbul, Doonybrook and Meldale community members with this same friendly service. In her free time, Lee is a wildlife carer and enjoys cooking and trying foods from around the world.
Community Interface Liaison
Jo is a qualified English teacher with experience in both primary schools and high schools in Sydney and the Sunshine Coast. She has also been a tutor with Bond University on the Gold Coast. However, a career change seemed like a good idea and Jo has moved into the world of healthcare. Jo looks after Medicrew’s Twin Waters clinic and she aims to offer an excellent standard of customer service to each and every patient. In her spare time, Jo is busy with her three school-aged children and travels with her family at every opportunity.